Two Classical Indian Dancers Bring Bharatanatyam to the Forefront with Social Media

by Saloni Gajjar – Follow @browngirlmag  The efficacy of social media is obviously unprecedented today….

From Lehenga to Leggings: Sampat Jewellers Brings You the Most Versatile Mangalsutras in the Market

Imagine having a mangalsutra that you can wear with your lengha to this year’s upcoming Diwali party, and then easily transition it into a traditional-yet-chic piece that matches your work pant-suit. Sampat Jewellers makes it possible.

Jai Jai Hooray Channels the Everyday Woman’s Inner Goddess Through #SheIsAGoddess Campaign

Jai Jai Hooray is a company that is re-imagining cultures of South Asia by making beautifully simple toys and tools.

Here’s Brown Girl’s Advice on What Not to Wear This Diwali

With Diwali upon us, it’s only fair that we share some what-not-to-wear tips with our Brown Girls. So, here they are!

DIY Diya Garland: Fun Craft for Diwali

Enjoy a fun craft for Diwali and decorate your house with this beautiful DIY diya garland.

Give your Kids the Bright Future they Deserve With College Savings

We grew up in Edison, New Jersey, so naturally, we were exposed to our culture, Bollywood, dancing, and singing very early on. However, no matter how much interest we had in those extra circulars, we were continuously pushed to focus attaining a higher degree.

Here’s a DIY Project you can Easily Tackle: Rainbow Diwali Diyas

Brighten up your Diwali decor with these DIY Rainbow Diwali Diyas.

It’s 2017, Why Should I Change my Last Name After Marriage?

I believe that my name is my identity. Being married does not mean that I stop belonging to the family I was born in; I continue to carry my family legacy, married or not.

#BornConfused15: ‘The Power of Fiction is Giving you the Experience of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes’

When my daughter, an avid reader, was thirteen— having reached that age without ever seeing an Indian American girl in a book— an Indian American author friend mentioned Born Confused as the book that changed her life.

Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin Unveil their Capsule Shoe Collection and it’s Nothing Short of Novelty

Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin and took the world by storm when they officially announced their collaboration. Here’s what the buzz is all about.

Why Every Young Woman Should Move At Least Once In Her 20’s

Though my journey may seem a little excessive, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for every young woman to live somewhere new at least once in their lives. I don’t mean move to college for 4 years, or the closest big city with your girlfriends, but somewhere totally new that pushes you out of your comfort zone. It can be incredibly frightening to leave home, and even seem unnecessary, but the experiences I have had are invaluable and critical to my growth.

Kumail Nanjiani Hilariously Tackles Islamaphobia in ‘SNL’ Debut

The world was introduced to Kumail Nanjiani and his comedy brilliance this past weekend for his “Saturday Night Live” debut.

Harvey Weinstein Allegations’ Unveil the Real ‘Magnitude of the Problem’

With the allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape against Harvey Weinstein, we have a few things to say to those in power who abuse women

Give your Kids the Bright Future they Deserve With College Savings

We grew up in Edison, New Jersey, so naturally, we were exposed to our culture, Bollywood, dancing, and singing very early on. However, no matter how much interest we had in those extra circulars, we were continuously pushed to focus attaining a higher degree.

Here’s a DIY Project you can Easily Tackle: Rainbow Diwali Diyas

Brighten up your Diwali decor with these DIY Rainbow Diwali Diyas.

It’s 2017, Why Should I Change my Last Name After Marriage?

I believe that my name is my identity. Being married does not mean that I stop belonging to the family I was born in; I continue to carry my family legacy, married or not.

Why Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom’s Feud Highlights the Traditional Blame Game

Boxer Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom’s recent split and public feud cause society to confront a very ugly truth.

Two Classical Indian Dancers Bring Bharatanatyam to the Forefront with Social Media

by Saloni Gajjar – Follow @browngirlmag  The efficacy of social media is obviously unprecedented today….

Praying at Fatehpur Sikhri For my Greatest Wish

According to legend, the emperor embarked on a pilgrimage, barefoot, from Delhi to seek the blessings of Sheikh Salim Chisti, a Sufi Saint on the outskirts of Agra, with unflagging faith and sheer humility. Soon after, he was blessed with the birth of a son. In appreciation for this Saint, the emperor had a monument built, hence Fatehpur Sikri, a synthesis of Islamic and Hindu architecture, exemplifying emperor’s regard for different religions. Emperor Akbar’s legend birthed a notion that, if asked with a pure heart, all wishes at Fatehpur Sikri are granted. People from far and wide come here to have their prayers answered.

Four Ways to Raise a Confident Girl Child in Today’s World

Today, we celebrate the fifth International Day of the Girl Child, but when it comes to raising a girl in a South Asian household, we, as parents, are so confused that we pass on that confusion to our girls.

My Last Hours: A Journey From India to America – Part II

“Beeji everything you’ve given me, I’m taking with me. I’ll use everything you taught me when time comes…I’ll always try to do the right thing.”

Kavita Rao of Karmagraphy Takes Bollywood Dancing To A Whole New Level with ‘Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny’

Meet Brown Girl of the Month— Owner and choreographer of KARMAGRAPHY—a hidden treasure of South-Asian entertainment—Kavita Rao talks about the vulnerability of being a brown artist, rejecting a performing opportunity at Trump’s inauguration, and the debut of her brainchild Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny.

#WeDoBelongHere: Our Immigrant Families Make America Great

For years, my dad explained to me that our ancestors left India in hope of a better life and greater opportunities for their children. It is for those same reasons, my parents chose to leave Guyana and Trinidad.

Kumail Nanjiani Hilariously Tackles Islamaphobia in ‘SNL’ Debut

The world was introduced to Kumail Nanjiani and his comedy brilliance this past weekend for his “Saturday Night Live” debut.

Brown Girl of the Month Rohaina Hassan Pushes us to Face Ourselves Through Storytelling

Rohaina is a Los Angeles-based creator who works in tech and online…

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Kriti Shastry

“Fitness goals do not have an expiry date; it truly is a lifestyle. So find an activity that you love and follow a diet that suits your lifestyle – this is the only way you will succeed and be happy! Be the best version of yourself.”

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Netania Naik

“Trust the process. People tend to get discouraged from not seeing results in a timely manner, but everyone’s body is different and everyone reacts differently to different exercises and foods. KEEP GOING.”

MannMukti Founder Abhi Ravinutala Talks About His Main Drive and Devastating Loss

When I initially chose a Batman tattoo, it was to remind myself of the importance of ethical standards and self-improvement. But after September of 2015, I would need a different use for that tattoo – one to help me deal with pain much worse than needles.

The Chole and Chutney I Once Ate Dangerously Fast, I Now Eat With Pride

One day, some of the thick green chutney fell from the folds of the surrounding saran wrap onto the white lunch table. Out of nowhere, a classmate pointed and shouted out, “bird poop!”

Make Room in Your Closet Ladies, PANACHE MMXVII is Here to Fill the Corporate Void

PANACHE MMXVII takes women’s suits to a whole new level, and they’re definitely here to stay!

‘The 9to5 Misfits’ on How to Quit Your Job the Right Way

The first time we quit our jobs, we didn’t exactly have a plan, and the results speak for themselves — Pavi went into a hole and Nammy vegetated on her couch. Not our proudest moments, but we made mistakes so you don’t have to. So what are some things to plan for?

An Exclusive ‘Fast Five’ With Internationally Acclaimed Music Artist Parichay

Parichay is a singer, songwriter, and music producer. He has established himself…

SNKM Has Released New Music That Will Give You Chills

by Amina Khan – Follow @aminaaakhan23 SNKM is set for world domination….

Here’s Brown Girl’s Advice on What Not to Wear This Diwali

With Diwali upon us, it’s only fair that we share some what-not-to-wear tips with our Brown Girls. So, here they are!

Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin Unveil their Capsule Shoe Collection and it’s Nothing Short of Novelty

Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin and took the world by storm when they officially announced their collaboration. Here’s what the buzz is all about.

Brown Girl Introduces Grunge and Graffiti into your Diwali Wardrobe this Year and it’s Straight Fire

Brown Girl Magazine set out to explore various ways to infuse light, color, and newness into your wardrobe along with a little bit of modern grunge. Happy Diwali!

From Lehenga to Leggings: Sampat Jewellers Brings You the Most Versatile Mangalsutras in the Market

Imagine having a mangalsutra that you can wear with your lengha to this year’s upcoming Diwali party, and then easily transition it into a traditional-yet-chic piece that matches your work pant-suit. Sampat Jewellers makes it possible.

Make Room in Your Closet Ladies, PANACHE MMXVII is Here to Fill the Corporate Void

PANACHE MMXVII takes women’s suits to a whole new level, and they’re definitely here to stay!

The Brown List: Staff Picks for September 2017

The weather is cooling down, but we’re still getting summer breezes. It’s weird weather time, but BGM’s staff picks will keep you right on track.

Want Eyelash Extensions? Here’s Everything You Need to Know and More!

I loved my look after my eyelash extensions, it was natural yet flirty—just the way I wanted it! Now you can have the look too!

The Bibhu Mohapatra Woman: New York Fashion Week’s Dreamy Samurai

New York Fashion Week introduced the world to a lady who is complicated, intensely focused, yet collected in thought and disposition—everyone met the Bibhu Mohapatra woman!

Minimalistic is the New Majestic: New York Fashion Week Beauty Trend Report

New York Fashion Week introduced thousands of new trends to the fashion and beauty world, but the one we took away was minimalistic beauty trends are everyone’s new go-to, and we know exactly why!

Micellar Water: The Ultimate Cleansing Product and New Fan Favourite

Micellar water is the new go-to for everyone’s beauty regime and it’s so clear why!

Kumail Nanjiani Hilariously Tackles Islamaphobia in ‘SNL’ Debut

The world was introduced to Kumail Nanjiani and his comedy brilliance this past weekend for his “Saturday Night Live” debut.

Harvey Weinstein Allegations’ Unveil the Real ‘Magnitude of the Problem’

With the allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape against Harvey Weinstein, we have a few things to say to those in power who abuse women

Deja Vu or Something New? ‘Padmavati’ Trailer is an Epic Blast From the Past

by Tina Lapsia – Follow @browngirlmag Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back. The trailer of the…

‘Secret Superstar’ Trailer Inspires Kids To Follow Their Dreams

by Tayeba Hussain – Follow @browngirlmag Growing up in a brown household can be tough….

‘The Deed is Done’: A South Asian’s View on Sex and Virginity

Pooja Mallipamula’s “The Deed Is Done” showcases stories of people losing their virginity including an Indian man who waits until after marriage for his “first time.”

DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra SummerStage – The Final Burrrrraaah!

Basement Bhangra—the longest continuously running monthly party in NY nightlife—was curated by DJ Rekha

‘Fast Five’ Interview with Budding Actor Neil Desai

Up-and-coming actor Neil Desai spills about work, the entertainment industry and We talk about his work, the entertainment industry, and the future of South-Asian Americans in media.

Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Simran’ Dazzles in Concept, Falters in Execution

by Saloni Gajjar – Follow @browngirlmag  “Simran” is a brave idea for a movie. I…

‘A Death in The Gunj:’ Konkana Sensharma’s Dynamic Directorial Debut

Reknowned actor Konkana Sensharma’s debut directorial, “A Death in the Gunj”, film explores societal created stereotypes on masculinity.

Kavita Rao of Karmagraphy Takes Bollywood Dancing To A Whole New Level with ‘Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny’

Meet Brown Girl of the Month— Owner and choreographer of KARMAGRAPHY—a hidden treasure of South-Asian entertainment—Kavita Rao talks about the vulnerability of being a brown artist, rejecting a performing opportunity at Trump’s inauguration, and the debut of her brainchild Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny.

Maria Qamar aka Hatecopy’s Newest Exhibition Highlights Border Detainment for POC

Going through lines, giving up my items, and being stopped for secondary searches is common for me when I walk through airport security coming to the United States even though I’ve never had any trouble with the law, am a Canadian-born citizen, and have not visited any of the countries on Trump’s list.

Dear Brown Girls Who Were Bullied: Here are Five Things to Know

Remind yourself that your bullies’ comments on how you look have no validity to them. Remember that Priyanka Chopra and Nina Davuluri are examples of attractive and successful Indian women who still got bullied.

Closed Doors: 5 Truths I Wish I Could Tell My Parents

I think what parents don’t understand is that we are hungry. But not just for food, necessarily. We’re hungry for positivity. We’re hungry for understanding. We’re hungry for things that can’t physically be fed to us.

5 Toxic ‘Good Health’ Habits to Recognize and Change

Yes, it may seem healthy to create goals for yourself, but when you start to look in the mirror, self-loathe, and wish you looked like someone else, there is a real, underlying problem.

To Muslim Women: ‘I love you dearly, regardless of what stage of Islam you operate in’

Islam is a religion of women. I will speak these words until my heart stops. Islam is a religion of women.

#NotOvaryActing: My Awkward First Time at the Gyno

I felt like everyone’s eyes were on me. I felt like they could tell I was having problems in my vagina and were judging me for it. I felt ashamed.

MannMukti’s New Podcast “Stories of Stigma: South Asian Mental Health”: In Honest Conversation with Salma Vir-Banks

Salma’s ability to stand up and say, “Yes, I have had a difficult journey,” serves as an example to those who are secretly struggling. Her honesty lets people know that their similar struggles aren’t fictitious. They’re not being over dramatic, emotionally weak, or stupid. Her honesty lets people know that being flawed is okay and speaking up is even more so okay.

Feeling the Guilt? How to Eat Low-Calorie at 5 Different Fast Food Chains

Alert! Eat fresh – Subway’s punch line – is not always true. By the time you have added double cheese to your foot-long, gotten a cookie, and a bag of Lays chips, your attempt at a healthy meal becomes an 800+ calorie meal. Here’s how to avoid it.

Learning Self-Love Through Photography

I’ve never done a photoshoot before. I don’t know how to model. Hell, I don’t even like being in front of the camera. At first, I didn’t even recognize myself. I looked incredible! All the things I was insecure about seemed to fade away. The photography was art.

6 Fun Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care is important, but people often think that it’s too time-consuming or that it’s meant to be something extravagant like a massage or a vacation. But even a 5-minute cat nap can help you feel rejuvenated.

Why Every Young Woman Should Move At Least Once In Her 20’s

Though my journey may seem a little excessive, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for every young woman to live somewhere new at least once in their lives. I don’t mean move to college for 4 years, or the closest big city with your girlfriends, but somewhere totally new that pushes you out of your comfort zone. It can be incredibly frightening to leave home, and even seem unnecessary, but the experiences I have had are invaluable and critical to my growth.

Harvey Weinstein Allegations’ Unveil the Real ‘Magnitude of the Problem’

With the allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape against Harvey Weinstein, we have a few things to say to those in power who abuse women

Why Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom’s Feud Highlights the Traditional Blame Game

Boxer Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom’s recent split and public feud cause society to confront a very ugly truth.

10-Year-Old Rape Victim Gives Birth in India After Being Denied Abortion

Being responsible for another human being at any age is challenging. But at the age of 10, it is unimaginable.

Why India’s Portrayal in Western Media Needs to Change

by Karthyani Satish – Follow @browngirlmag What do you think of when…

#TakeAKnee is About Racism—And Don’t Let Donald Trump Tell You Otherwise

It all began just over a year ago when then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during NFL preseason games to protest police brutality.

‘A Death in The Gunj:’ Konkana Sensharma’s Dynamic Directorial Debut

Reknowned actor Konkana Sensharma’s debut directorial, “A Death in the Gunj”, film explores societal created stereotypes on masculinity.

Honoring National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by Opening Up About Mental Health

The sad demise of US rock star, Chester Bennington, who chose to leave the earth plane in July, still lingers on my mind. A victim of child sexual abuse at 7 years old to a supposed male friend, 10 years his senior. He was afraid to ask for help in case he was deemed as gay or lying. He wasn’t South Asian or a descendant, yet subject to the same taboos that are still deeply ingrained in our culture.

The 9to5 Misfits Explain Why Engineers Need to Network too

Let’s begin with a story. There was once a young woman, born and brought up in Dubai and steeped in Indian culture who moved to Texas to study engineering.

Monica Bhatnagar’s ‘Bad Auntie’ was Sweet Once Upon a Time

When I wrote this short I was knee-deep in therapy, and one major topic of discussion was my constant struggle with my weight.